The man is a former US diplomat. I've seen him once or twice in the past in the neighbourhood. He is now retired and lives here in France, not too far away from my place. I am having lunch, and he sits next table. He is having lunch with someone I easily recognize. A famous russian I see for the second time in Paris. Interestingly, they speak together in french. The Russian has almost no accent, the American can't hide where he comes from. The American tells the Russian (personal translation into english) "George Walker Bush takes us to hell. He recently declared that Saddam deserves the ultimate penalty. Can you believe that the Iranian president, and Iranians have excellent reasons to hate Saddam or have more reasons than we do, replied that he is against death penalty. Can you believe the United States, pretending to represent freedom and democracy all over the world, receive a deserved lesson of Civilization with a capital C from Iran?... "